CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Angola dance mixes primitive, modern moves

09-27-2010 08:43 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

Watch Video

Play Video

You might imagine African dance as wild and primitive, accompanied by tribal beats. But what happens when you mix the traditional dance moves with creative, powerful modern dance choreography?

To find out, let's look at what some Angolan artists are doing on stage at the World Expo.

Africa Square in the expo park is where Angolan artists are showing their mixture of African dance tradition with modern dance choreography.

This solo features a sequence of powerful body movements accompanied by the mystical African beats. The audience is led on a journey to a faraway land filled with primitive charm.

The performers are from Angola's biggest modern dance troupe. In several parts, they tell a story about people seeking their life goals. And they believe the message is universal.

Marques, supervisor of Angola Modern Dance Troupe, said, "It's to Everybody, Chinese, Angolan. This is a work about our literature, oral literature, speaking literature. Traditional, speak literature."

With a disabled boy as drummer, the dance's theme of encouraging people that there's always hope ahead, is strengthened.

Africa Square in the expo park is where Angolan artists
are showing their mixture of African dance tradition with
modern dance choreography.

Through the dance, these young artists from Angola are showing an optimistic spirit towards the future. Their creativity, as trailblazers in dance art, always brings something new to the audience both in their home country and abroad.


Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program